Read on to learn how the evolution of Anastasia has also become the evolution of her style. and how style lend lets her explore without breaking the bank.
When did you start renting/lending from Style Lend and why?
I started lending this past summer soon after meeting the founder and CEO of Style Lend, Lona Duncan. I immediately loved the concept as a great way to monetize and store the items in my own closet. I am excited to rent some great dresses for myself as the holiday party season approaches.
Shopping habits (do you shop online, flash sales, in person, etc.)
I shop through sites like Gilt for great deals on the designers I love most. I also buy a lot of costume jewelry, which I pick up on Bauble Bar, in my travels around the world, or at shops around New York. Some of the pieces I love the most and those for which I receive the most compliments I bought for just a few dollars on sidewalk tables while walking the side streets of New York. A statement necklace (or five!) is the perfect thing to bring so you can pack fewer clothes and pull off different looks each day on a trip.
Favorite brands/designers and why?
I love Helmut Lang, Phillip Lim, and Rag & Bone for their simple, structured styles in mostly black, white, and neutral palettes. I like to mix up these looks and add color through bright jewelry and cool accessories I find all over. I wear a lot of ballet flats for walking around New York and Ferragamo makes my favorite, classic style with a flat bow across the front.
For bags, I like the understated look of Bottega Veneta in a classic hobo shape; I use my bigger black one for day and my smaller one in bright red for evening. For evening wear, I just bought a floor length Zac Posen gown in a beige color (it’s on Style Lend!) that I am excited to wear with some great jewelry (I really love jewelry!) and a good tan for the right occasion.
What are your favorite things to do in NY?
I am always looking for new and different things to do throughout the city and I am hardly ever out of options! There are a few activities I am especially looking forward to in the coming weeks. The New York Botanical Gardens has special evenings to showcase their holiday train show with cocktails and live music that I plan to attend. I go to FlyWheel for a great spinning workout and am looking forward to trying an adult gymnastics class at Chelsea Piers soon. I also can’t wait to finally go to Trapeze School in Queens! I recently converted to a vegetarian and mostly vegan diet, so Jivamuktea Café near Union Square is a favorite spot to grab a healthy snack or meal. While I constantly seek new activities, there are two spots where you can find me again and again: Baby Grand for late night karaoke and the Good Room for late night dancing!
Can you tell us a little blurb about your background, job, and how long you’ve lived here?
I am a lifelong New Yorker. I grew up in Manhattan, went to college at Columbia and moved to Williamsburg this year, which I absolutely love. I am an avid traveller, so despite strong local ties I like to explore new places and have spent significant time abroad over the years, especially throughout Europe and South East Asia.
After working in finance and the corporate world for several years, I am also kicking off a new professional chapter this winter. I just left my job as a management consultant and am learning web development and programming full-time over the next few months. I have plans to start a business after I complete my coding course. I also have a “side hustle” throwing theme parties roughly every six weeks under the series name Patzo Party. Costume parties are another way I love to express myself with fashion.
How would you describe your style?
Overall, my clothing is definitely quite structured, classic and tailored, but my outfits get an infusion of whimsy and fun through bright jewelry, creative nail art, and interesting accessories that I add in layers and change depending on my mood. My personal style has evolved over the years alongside my zip code in New York City.
I grew up on the Upper East Side but these days I spend most of my time in Williamsburg and in downtown Manhattan. I was about as preppy as they come through college (polo shirts, headbands and pearls were all wardrobe staples) but I have moved towards an edgier and more eclectic sense of style in the past few years. Today, I see fashion as a great form of self-expression that can evolve as I do. I am inspired to try new looks just walking around my neighborhood in Williamsburg and love discovering local designers.
One thing that would be your “dream item” to rent on Style Lend?
I’d love to rent the Chanel Velvet Boy Bag in Emerald Green for a great party or night out. The cross-body chain makes it easy to dance without having to put down your bag!
Why do you like the concept of renting vs. buying?
If there is one thing I know for sure, it is that my style will continue change as I do going forward. Style Lend makes it easy to express my evolving sense of fashion without committing to buying expensive pieces. I love it!